Articles posted November 29, 2002

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Sparkling Texas Glitter Wins Turf Express

Texas Glitter, with John Velazquez riding, collared speedy Rocky Bar in the final 100 yards and went on to a 3/4-length victory in Friday's $200,000 Hollywood Turf Express (gr. IIIT) at 5 1/2 furlongs.

Dean Kutz Receives Venezia Memorial Award

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Dean Kutz, who overcame serious physical problems to forge a successful career as a jockey, received the 2002 Mike Venezia Memorial Award in the winners' circle following the running of Friday's Top Flight Handicap (gr. II) at Aqueduct.

There's Life After Farda Amiga for Trainer Lobo

There is life after Farda Amiga for Paulo Lobo. The Brazilian-born trainer and his wife, Maria Carolina, remained jubilant in Barn 53 at Hollywood Park Friday after Brazilian import Viernes posted a four-length victory and a $51.60 win mutuel in the $72,900 Waya Handicap for fillies and mares on turf Thursday.

Atlantic Ocean Pounds Rivals in Grassy Miesque

The Thoroughbred Corporation's Atlantic Ocean, a $1.9-million sale purchase who's been mostly disappointing in her 2-year-old season, woke up with a switch to the turf on Friday in Hollywood Park's $200,000 Miesque Stakes (gr. IIIT), posting an impressive one-length victory.

Good Journey a Solid Fit in Saturday's Citation

Good Journey, whose four-race victory began with last year's Citation Handicap and ended last month when narrowly beaten in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), will be a solid favorite Saturday to repeat in Hollywood Park's $500,000 Citation (gr. IIT) at 1 1/16 miles on turf.

Cigar Mile, Demoiselle, Remsen Highlight Aqueduct Meet

Saturday is the best day of racing at Aqueduct's fall meet. The grade I, $350,000 Cigar Mile features the best milers in the country, while the grade II, $200,000 Remsen is an important stop on the road to next year's Kentucky Derby, as 2-year-olds will go nine furlongs around two turns.

Mountain General Sets Track Record in Fair Grounds Opener

Going into this week, trainer Steve Asmussen ranked second in the country in wins with 353. But none ran as fast as Mountain General on Thursday in Fair Grounds' traditional opening day feature, the $75,000 Thanksgiving Handicap.

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